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Wrongdoings

Blaise Feumba – accused of greed and inappropriate use of church funds

May 7th, 2014 | By

2007-2008 – According to a letter from the NYC Church of Christ Elders, Ernst and Young (hired by the New York ICOC) determined Blaise Feumba leading the Abidjan Church of Christ was accused of greed and inappropriate use of church funds from the Ivory Coast Church and was forced to resign in 2008. …in December, 2007,
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Wooten Termination in 2002

Oct 5th, 2010 | By

Marty Wooten held the position of Teacher and World Sector Elder and Geographic Sector Leader for the Northern Federation World Sector until September 2002. We present the letter from the Wooten’s regarding their termination, the LA Church’s response to the charges raised in the Wooten’s letter and a letter from Cecil Wooten, former World Sector
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Sin List

Aug 31st, 2010 | By

Video ABC 20/20 October 15, 1993 – 25:27 wmv file Copy of a Sin List Details about Sin Lists and how they were used was exposed in the book TOXIC CHRISTIANITY.  Written by a former leader in the church and later marked by Kip McKean.   Page 123 begins the discussion about the Sin List.



Promises of Future Openness

Aug 7th, 2010 | By

“To ensure an open line of communication in the future, we wish to hold regular open meetings, so the elders and evangelist can be open to anything you would like to express. the British Commonwealth World Sector (“BCS”) and additional financial information will be posted on these sites. The Washington DC Church of Christ website
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Negligence of Primary Spiritual Responsibility for Local Membership

Aug 7th, 2010 | By

“Not protecting the churches in San Diego and the Southwest. These churches have been incredibly sacrificial. We have sent hundreds of people as well as millions of dollars to support missions and ministries around the world. However, our churches have been hurt so that others could be built up. We have lacked people and funds
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Local Churches “Controlled By” Other Corporations

Aug 7th, 2010 | By

“…the decision-making of The Nashville Church would be made in Nashville by the local church leadership and not by another church or “discipler” in another city. ” Nashville Church Apology Letter — Spring 2003 “There will be no more hierarchical control coming from another church toward us or from us toward another church. We do
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Greed

Aug 7th, 2010 | By

“Appearances and real issues of greed have now caused thousands to stumble and question our spirituality.” Henry Kriete Letter — Spring 2003



Failure to Communicate/Allowing Misconceptions

Aug 7th, 2010 | By

“The CSA Leadership has failed to communicate adequately with the churches in our group especially about the finances and administration of special contributions. ” CSA Leadership Letter — Spring 2003 “Their failure to provide an effective communication channel caused many disciples to feel excluded and disconnected from the administration and finances of the CSA World
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Dubious Statements

Aug 7th, 2010 | By

“We have no money to give to ICOC corporate and it will have to close down.” Steve Johnson Apology — Spring 2003 As of May 2005, International Churches of Christ, Inc. and International Churches of Christ Mission Society, Inc. are still active California corporations.



Deceit and Insincerity

Aug 7th, 2010 | By

“Administrators have admitted to deceit in the name of compliance, and to ‘smoke and mirrors’ with the finances.” Henry Kriete Letter — Spring 2003



Conversion of Funds

Aug 7th, 2010 | By

“On October 29th of 2002, as a result of requests by the elders, evangelists, and board of directors for greater accountability from the Central and South American World Sector Headquarters in California as to where special missions contribution money collected here in South Florida was being spent, it came to light that two of our
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Contribution for the Poor Converted to Other Uses

Aug 7th, 2010 | By

“Another recent decision of the Board in regards to meeting local needs of our members is that the Church’s poor contribution will first be used for local benevolence prior to meeting any outside charitable organization support request. Currently, we are unaware of local benevolence requests from our membership that have gone unmet. However, we have
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Conflicts of Interest: Board of Directors Stacked with Staff Members and not Non-Staff Members

Aug 7th, 2010 | By

“…to reconstitute the Board of Directors of the Boston Church of Christ, so that here will be more non-staff people serving on the board than staff members.” Boston Apology Letter – March 16, 2003



Coercion to Give Money

Aug 7th, 2010 | By

“…‘Official Kingdom’ issues include an enforced Special Contribution every year, ” Henry Kriete Letter — Spring 2003



Coercion to “Volunteer” for HOPE

Aug 7th, 2010 | By

“In addition to this, members were pressured to volunteer and raise additional funds for HOPE Worldwide.” Orlando Apology Letter — Spring 2003



Churches Paying Other Entities

Aug 7th, 2010 | By

“Each year various ICOC entities including HOPE worldwide, ICOC, BCS and ACR submit various funding requests to the DC Board. These requests usually involve supporting mission work with our sister churches throughout the world or



Extravagance/Inurement of Benefit

Aug 7th, 2010 | By

“Some policy changes related to our expense reimbursement for ministry staff have already been approved…” Boston Apology Letter – March 16, 2003 Note that there was no disclosure of those changes or of the previous policies that were in need of changing. “And truthfully, have these retreat expenses and the like been made public? In detail?
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Salary Levels Unfair to Members

Aug 7th, 2010 | By

“Overall, we recognize a need to have a salary structure that will be commended by the congregation.” Boston Apology Letter – March 16, 2003 Translation: Our congregation does NOT commend the current structure.



Finances Not Open to Members

Aug 7th, 2010 | By

“We apologize for having a financial process that has not been more open to non-staff evaluation and review… ” Boston Apology Letter – March 16, 2003



Financial Mismanagement or Incompetence

Aug 7th, 2010 | By

“Also in regard to finances we want to apologize to you for the fact that money was not always spent wisely.” Boston Apology Letter – March 16, 2003



Inappropriate Compensation Levels

Aug 7th, 2010 | By

“Additionally, we recognize that there needs to be a careful review of staff compensation.” Boston Apology Letter – March 16, 2003 The only possible reason for reviewing such is that the levels of compensation are objectionably high or low. In this case, the public complaints were that they were too high. This reflects a direct infraction
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Overspending on Administrative Overhead

Aug 7th, 2010 | By

“Funds from mission contributions collected in the U.S. will be used exclusively for mission work and for administrative and ministry support of such work, and the combined costs of administrative and ministry support will be reduced to 20% or less of the total amount collected.” CSA Leadership Letter — Spring 2003



Special Missions Contribution Accounting

Aug 7th, 2010 | By

“In past years, the Board also provided information as to where the Special Mission Contribution was going to be used. For example in 2002, for the special missions contribution 16 multiples or 80% of the goal went to BCS, 2 multiples or 10% of the goal went to ACR, 2 multiples or 10% of the
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Worldliness in Financial Behavior

Aug 7th, 2010 | By

“At times, we allowed the financial culture of the late ’90s to influence our decisions more than biblical principles, and for this we are very sorry” Boston Apology  Letter – March 16, 2003



Challenges

Aug 1st, 2010 | By

We challenge anyone to present even one righteous reason for a church to keep its finances secret from anyone, and especially from those who contributed money to that church. Please feel free to include scriptural references if you like.